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birdied Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Wed 03-Jul-13 03:37 PM
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"More Bubbles and Drops"


Destrehan, US
          

I hope you don't mind more of the bubbles. Weather still not cooperating with getting out.

You don't need electronic drop and triggering devices to get these types of shots.

D800 105mm SB 900 and SB 600 Manual focus, tripod

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HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Charter MemberWed 03-Jul-13 08:58 PM
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Phoenix, US
          

Roberta:

What a fascinating approach to this genre!

Beautifully done, and without all the exotic equipment.

How do you form and place the big bubble at the base?

What is your bubble mixture, or is it a trade secret?

Regards,

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birdied Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Wed 03-Jul-13 11:08 PM
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Destrehan, US
          

Thank you HBB.

For the bubbles I purchased the kids bubble blowing stuff you can buy at the dollar store. It came with the a small bubble blower. You can also use a straw to blow the bubble.

To the commercial bubble mixture, I added Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid ( It is blue) . No specific amount , just a squirt. I also added some glycerine ( I purchased it at CVS pharmacy). Again, just a couple of squirts in the bubble mixture. It was really trial and error. If the bubbles would not get big enough, I would squirt some more Dawn into the bottle

I just used the bubble wand blew it onto the surface . It might take a few tries to get one to stick and to be big enough. I found it the surface is wet, the bubble will stick better.

For the liquid I used for the drops, it was plain water with a few drops of glycerine in it. On some I just added food coloring.

Hope this helps. If not just let me know. No trade secrets, here

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HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Charter MemberSun 07-Jul-13 11:03 PM
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Phoenix, US
          

Roberta:

Thanks for the details!

Have you tried any shots with the camera firing at its fastest frame rate?

Or, with your SB900 firing at its fastest rate in repeating flash mode? The table on page D18 of the SB900 manual gives the repeating rate for various power levels. Might be interesting.

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birdied Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Mon 08-Jul-13 05:41 PM
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Destrehan, US
          

Thanks HBB! Flash is something I really need to work on and learn more about.
I have tried shooting in CH . However, at most times the flash recycling time can't keep up, but I could be doing something wrong
I am going to read the manual and see what I can play around with.

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meadowlark2 Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Sep 2012Wed 03-Jul-13 11:26 PM
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Lethbridge, CA
          

Very creative!!! I just love your pictures, the color, the motion, the reflections. Very playful.
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pasknucklehead Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Feb 2008Sat 06-Jul-13 01:32 AM
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creekside, US
          

Birdie,
Once again, very nice shots, your lighting is dead on! Keep up the good work....Bugs are creepy anyway,,,!!

Darlene

  

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birdied Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Sep 2009Sat 06-Jul-13 03:04 PM
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Darlene, thank you , much appreciated. At least I did not have to crawl around in the grass for these
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Thank you so much Marsha!
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Roberta,

They just keep getting better! Very nice work. Thanks for sharing this.

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Thank you so much Mark.

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Awesome!

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Thank you!

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Excellent photos of a subject that I've never been able to photograph. My inevitable question: what was your post-processing workflow?

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Destrehan, US
          

>Excellent photos of a subject that I've never been able to
>photograph. My inevitable question: what was your
>post-processing workflow?
>
>Mp

Thank you MP very much. I use a macro lens, manual settings and manual focusing. I let the water drops fall, hold a tooth pick where they are falling and focus on the tooth pick. That is the only way I have found to get the drops in focus. After I focused, I blew the bubble over the spot where the drops would fall. The rest is just a lot of shots

My post processing can vary and don't really have a set process, but generally-

Open in LR4
Do any exposure adjustments ( No sharpening or noise reduction in LR)
Move to CS6 for editing-
Crop
Do noise reduction using Nik Define 2
Sometimes I will select the subject only , inverse selection and do background noise reduction only if the subject does not need noise reduction. I find this helps give a bit of separation of the subject from the background.
At this point , I may also do a bit of blur on the background . ( Select subject, inverse, filter, blur, focus blur)
I will do curves adjustment if needed
Just started using Topaz Clarify ( Did use it on these shots) I really like this Topaz program.
Resize
Then output sharpening using Nik ProSharpener

That is basically it.

I hope this helps, if you need any more detailed info or how to, just let me know.






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af4nc Gold Member Nikonian since 07th Jul 2007Sun 14-Jul-13 11:29 AM
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Yardley, US
          

Very nice, I like the colors. Nicely done, good job on exposure.

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